The Mercantile

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Originally constructed as the Sterling Mercantile Co. in 1877, this property has had numerous uses over the last century.  Home to the Fred Boese Sales Store from 1946-2007, Sterling Today acquired the property in 2012 in an effort to save it from falling into further disrepair. 


Renovations began in 2017 to bring this three-story brick beauty located in the heart of Downtown Sterling, Illinois back to life.

Commercial tenants are now being sought for the nearly 6,500 square feet available on the first floor.  Planning is in process for market-rate residential lofts on the upper two floors. 

Desired uses for the commercial space include restaurants, microbrewery/brewpubs and retail. 

For leasing information, please call 815.626.8610. 

For additional photos of the construction in process click HERE